Jesus had to Qualify to become Our Redeemer

19 May

Ezra Taft Benson 2Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Ezra Taft Benson, p. 92; “Even though He was God’s Son sent to earth, the divine plan of the Father required that Jesus be subjected to all the difficulties and tribulations of mortality. … To qualify as the Redeemer of all our Father’s children, Jesus had to be perfectly obedient to all the laws of God. Because He subjected Himself to the will of the Father, He grew “from grace to grace, until he received a fulness” of the Father’s power. Thus He had “all power, both in heaven and on earth.” (D&C 93:13, 17.)10 Because [ Jesus] was God—even the Son of God—He could carry the weight and burden of other men’s sins on Himself.”

Hebrews 12:3; “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

There are two subject matters to explore here today in light of the Mormon teaching.

  1. Was Jesus ‘proving’ who He was to be qualified?
  2. Why was Jesus tempted?

Let’s begin with issue #1. Was Jesus ‘proving’ who He was to be qualified?

Jesus, being Emmanuel (God with us), surely didn’t have to ‘qualify’ for anything. His title alone should be a clear indication of this.

The problem here is quite simple, and hopefully, very obvious. The Mormon people have allowed themselves to become numb to reality. They no longer have a full appreciation of Who God is, or even what the word ‘God’ really means. The way their leaders have redefined the meaning of words and names, has led them away from God, and not to Him.

Issue #2. Why was Jesus tempted?

First of all, temptation comes to everyone, but it’s not sin until acted upon negatively. Secondly, Jesus came to conquer sin and the devil. He faced temptation and yet, He didn’t cave to it.

The scenario in Matthew 4:1-11 has been placed in our Bibles as a lesson for us to understand three things.

  • a – how to deal with Satan when we’re tempted
  • b – to understand Jesus veiled His glory in obedience to the Father so He could save people
  • c – to show Satan’s blatant attempt at trying to dethrone God by questioning Him, as he did with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

One can’t help but notice the not-so-subtle remake of Matthew 4:1-11 in the words of this so-called prophet. Don’t miss the impact of the words he used –

  • Even though
  • plan of the Father required that Jesus be subjected…
  • To qualify as the Redeemer…
  • …Jesus had to be perfectly obedient…
  • …Because [Jesus] was God—even the Son of God— …

Don’t be fooled my friends! This is nothing but a ruse to trick you into believing Jesus isn’t God incarnate, and that He needed a hireling’s help in dealing with mankind.

They’ve said these things to make Jesus someone He is not. Furthermore, they’ve tried to dethrone Him just as Satan did in Matthew 4:1-11. Questioning the Maker of All Things in this manner is blasphemy.

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